Hilton Vienna Review, Austria
The Stadtpark, which opened in 1862, was the first public park in Vienna and is frequented by tourists and Viennese alike. It is at the edge of the First District, known as the Innere Stadt, and it has always been one of my favorite places, in part because, when I was little, my parents allowed me to roam the park freely, knowing I would be safe amongst the statues of Beethoven, Lehár, Mahler, Schubert, and Strauß.
Directly across from the Stadtpark is the Hilton Vienna, also known as the Hilton am Stadtpark, a location that gives guests of the hotel an exclusive backyard to visit and explore. The Hilton’s location couldn’t be better, Practically every destination in the Innere Stadt is within walking distance from the hotel, be it the Opera, the Kärtnerstraße for shopping, Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s cathedral), or one of the many excellent restaurants in the city. A streetcar (Tram) stop is conveniently accessible if you need to travel greater distances.
The Hilton Vienna is directly across the street from the City Airport Train or CAT, which whisks visitors from airport to downtown in 16 minutes. Although I was driving from Bratislava, from past experience I know the CAT to be a very convenient option.
My executive-level room was modern and airy. Lighting – including individual reading lamps by the bed and an adjustable desk lamp – was superb. The hotel promises (on its Web site) an “easy to set” alarm clock and delivers on that promise quite nicely.
The bed was quite comfortable and I felt rested and refreshed the next morning, ready for the long day ahead.
Each guest room bathtub comes with a rubber ducky, a nice touch. This time my duck was green, while prior ducks were yellow. I like variety.
An electric kettle with a supply of tea and coffee is thoughtfully provided
ROAD WARRIOR SUPPORT
The glass-topped writing desk was one of the best I’ve seen and electrical outlets were on top of the desk and easily accessible. The Aeron chair, similar to the ones I use in my home office and at work, provided excellent support and was very comfortable.
Internet access is fast (I clocked it at 4 Mbps download speed and 1.5 Mbps upstream) but expensive at €27 for 24 hours. One staff member told me I would get a code for the Wi-Fi system from the executive lounge but it turned out that all the executive lounge would provide was access to two desktop computers, which were almost always in use by guests anyway. When I was ready to purchase Internet access and enquired in the lounge, the gentleman who was manning the desk there failed to tell me about a less expensive option that would have cost €5 less.
The Hilton Vienna was designed with large meetings in mind, although it nonetheless has a warm and intimate feel. The hotel can accommodate meetings of up to 1,800 people and 17 rooms are available.
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